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Lawmakers to vote on changes to May's Brexit deal

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Published on January 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:55s

Lawmakers to vote on changes to May's Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday (January 29) ask her Conservative lawmakers to send a message to Brussels that they would support her Brexit deal if a plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland is replaced.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Lawmakers to vote on changes to May's Brexit deal

It's time for a Brexit ''Plan B'' for UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Parliament lawmakers will debate and vote on Tuesday (January 29) evening on what next steps she should take on her widely contested Brexit deal.

Then May should have a clearer picture of what amendments need to be made in order to get parliament's backing - after her plan was overwhelmingly rejected on January 15th.

Senior Conservative Graham Brady introduced one proposal on Monday (January 28) calling for the Irish backstop to be removed and replaced with quote ''alternative arrangements.'' Strong support would show the EU that changes to the backstop - aimed at preventing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland - would be enough to for May to get parliamentary approval for a deal.

But while May hopes she can keep her arrangement alive, there are those already preparing for a no-deal outcome - like the chairman of Wetherspoons, Tim Martin.

A staunch Brexiteer from the start, he'd actually prefer to leave with no agreement at all, and is already stocking his pubs with English sparkling wine rather than French champagne, in a process he calls ''Brexiting.'' (SOUNDBITE) (English) WETHERSPOON CHAIRMAN, TIM MARTIN, SAYING: "In a way it's no deal contingency planning but it's also trying to make sense of some of the scare stories that are around and say is it true?

Let me try it with my own company and see if we can swap French brandy which is a very iconic product with products from the rest of the world, and the answer is you can.

Anything you buy from the EU you can get from the rest of the world." There's now exactly two months to go.

And if the EU refuses to renegotiate May's deal after Tuesday's vote, then the possibility of a no deal Brexit remains very real.

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